Celtic legend Sir Kenny Dalglish has warned his former club that other teams could attempt to sign key Hoops figure Kyogo Furuhashi.
The Lowdown: Furuhashi excelling for Celtic
The Japan international made the move to Parkhead in the summer transfer window, joining from Vissel Kobe in his homeland.
Furuhashi has taken little time to settle into his new surroundings, scoring seven goals in just eight Premiership starts. That included a brace in Sunday’s 4-2 win away to Dundee, as he continues to go from strength to strength.
He has also netted five times in Celtic’s European campaign, with 13 goals in just 18 Hoops appearances thus far, along with three assists (Transfermarkt).
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The Latest: Dalglish wary of possible interest in Furuhashi
Writing for The Sunday Post, Celtic icon Dalglish admitted that other clubs could soon be circling to sign the 26-year-old, but claimed that the forward currently looks happy at Parkhead.
He described Furuhashi as an “outstanding footballer” and added:
“Of course, success brings a glare from elsewhere, and I don’t think any of us would be surprised if Kyogo is already now on the radar of other clubs.
“But any interested parties would also know that they are unlikely to receive any encouragement from Celtic about trying to prise their main man away any time soon.
“Kyogo is clearly enjoying his football. You can see that with the way he plays, and the way he celebrates scoring with his team-mates.
“That’s all part of the overall package, and why I think Celtic look in a very good place just now.”
The Verdict: Celtic must keep hold of Kyogo
Furuhashi has taken no time at all to become a vital figure for Ange Postecoglou’s side, bringing immediate firepower and quality to proceedings.
The Japan international looks set to be a key figure in Celtic’s Premiership title charge as they look to wrestle back their league crown from Rangers. Indeed, he is the joint-top scorer in the division heading into the November international break.
Furuhashi is only currently valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt but that could change drastically if his current form continues throughout the campaign. That could also alert him to other suitors, just as Dalglish has warned.
In other news, three Celtic players struggled in the win over Dundee. Find out who they are here.
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